The style of writing in this book is so reminiscent of P D James that I just had to finish it in
one go. My last book I picked up from Glen Waverley library because I am leaving for Colombo tomorrow
the 28th August.
The story starts in very peaceful countryside and Detective Archie Penrose does not expect to find
the horror he does. In an abandoned grave, Archie finds the mutilated body of the church organist,
a private man who did not antagonise anyone and who led a very quiet life. No apparent enemies and
the only significant piece of evidence is a torn photograph of a house with a few words on it. Trying to piece
the clues of this brutal murder takes Archie back to Cambridge and to a group of young men who on the surface
do not have any close links other than they were members of a choral group. They are today scattered in
different professions, one of them dead, one dying of cancer, the others seemingly harmless very highly
placed and one particularly boorish bully.
Finding no cooperation within this group of men, and also having one by one them picked off does not
bode well for the Police because they cannot find who the murderer is. The only clues are the choir and
the remaining members are tight lipped.
Alongside this, a series of rapes and brutal attacks on women have put the Police on full alert as the numbers
keep mounting. This puts more pressure on the police force and Inspector Webster is the most empathetic of
the Force because other officers do not give the assaults and the victims the support they should have.
The story is complicated and intense, the detective work is detailed and intricate and extremely involved.
Uncovering the strands is a tough job and needs focus even whilst reading let alone solving it.
Alongside the two strands of the rapes and the murders, we have Archie's own personal history being in the
forefront of the story. His love affair with Bridget who also now lives in Cambridge and the discovery of a
twenty year old secret in the form of a daughter he never knew he had are two additional strands to the story.
Josephine Tey's involvement is almost like a sideline in this particular story albeit an important one.
I couldnt put this book down till I read it fully.
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